Spotify buying The Echo Nest to improve music discovery

Spotify buying The Echo Nest to improve music discovery
Daniel Ek, chief executive officer of Spotify, speaks at a news conference in New York. (Louis Lanzano / Bloomberg)

Spotify, the Swedish streaming music service, is buying The Echo Nest, a data company that has analyzed more than 35 million songs. 

With the acquisition, Spotify will improve the ways users discover new music, the company said Thursday.

The move comes as Spotify, founded in 2008, faces increasing competition from rivals such as the heavily promoted Beats Music, launched in January by headphone company Beats Electronics.

"We are hyper focused on creating the best user experience and it starts with building the best music intelligence platform on the planet," Daniel Ek, Spotify's chief executive, said in a statement.
"With The Echo Nest joining Spotify, we will make a big leap forward in our quest to play you the best music possible.”
Financial details of the transaction were not disclosed. 
The purchase of Somerville, Mass.-based Echo Nest will also make it easier for third-party developers to build applications for Spotify, which completed a funding round of about $250 million in November.
The Echo Nest's data and technology have been used by companies such as MTV and Clear Channel's iHeartRadio, and on-demand digital music services including Spotify and Rdio have used it to support their radio-like features. 

The Echo Nest will keep its Somerville headquarters and continue to operate out of its San Francisco office, the company said.

Earlier this week, Beats Music announced that it will acquire Topspin Media, a maker of software that helps musical artists sell and promote their music and merchandise to fans online.

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